01/22/2013 03:11 EST | Updated 03/24/2013 05:12 EDT

Manitoba chiefs meet behind closed doors to discuss next steps; won't update media

WINNIPEG - Manitoba aboriginal leaders are meeting behind closed doors to discuss their next step in their battle with the federal government.

The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs started a two-day session Tuesday in Winnipeg.

Manitoba chiefs were among those critical of the Assembly of First Nations head Shawn Atleo earlier this month, when Atleo agreed to meet with Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

Chiefs from Manitoba, Ontario, the Northwest Territories and some from Saskatchewan boycotted the meeting, because it did not include Gov. Gen. David Johnston.

Since then, the AFN has agreed to ask for a new meeting with both Harper and Johnston.

The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs says it has no plans to update the media on the meeting.